All go for Mitre 10 store on old gasworks site

Ground preparation for store begins next week

Ground preparation for store begins next week

New Mitre 10 Gisborne owner-operators Carolyn and Geoff Taylor,. Preparation work starts on Monday for the store (artist impression below), which they plan to open before the end of the year. Picture and image supplied
The Mitre 10 site at the river end of Derby Street.
An artist's impression of the Mitre 10 store being built at the gasworks site.

Hardware and DIY retailer Mitre 10 will return to Gisborne after a 10-year absence, bringing 50 new jobs to the city.

It is planned to have the new and larger store opened before the end of the year.

Ground preparation starts on Monday and local contractors Siteworx Civil are to start the main work within the next few weeks.

The store at the river end of Derby Street will cover a total of 5500 sqm in floor area.

Co-owner/operator Geoff Taylor said he was excited to finally get construction under way and to bring such an extensive home improvement offering to Gisborne.

“With such a large footprint we are going to be able to bring the community new product ranges, an extensive garden centre, along with amenities like the Columbus Café and playground for families, as well as a large trade offer with drive-through and 145 car parks.”

There will also be showrooms for kitchens and bathrooms.

“Once complete, we will have a team of around 70 in a mix of full and part-time roles. From our current temporary store (on Awapuni Road), that will mean we will be employing around another 50 locals.

“The Gisborne region continues to see good growth and we believe the region has a very bright future,” said Mr Taylor.

“The feedback we have had to us bringing the Mitre 10 brand back to Gisborne has been very positive and we are looking forward to offering a high-quality shopping experience.”

Gisborne will be the 84th store of Mitre 10’s nationwide co-operative.

It will be owned and operated by Gisborne-based Geoff and Carolyn Taylor and Wellington-based Brendan and Nicole Hall.

Both couples have Gisborne connections. Mr Taylor was involved in the citrus industry here and Mr Hall is a former manager of The Warehouse Gisborne.

Residents near the planned 1.55-hectare site in Derby Street received notification letters advising them that construction of a store at the former gasworks site would start on Monday.

Mitre 10 Holdings bought the former Gisborne gasworks site between Grey Street and Derby Street 10 years ago.

The gasworks operated on the site from 1884 to 1985. The works buildings were cleared from the site in 1986.

Mr Taylor said the history of the site had been “considered carefully” during rigorous discussion with Gisborne District Council and experts.

“Any concerns have been addressed in the comprehensive conditions of the resource consent approved by the council for the development.

“We’ve spent a significant amount of time getting the design right, not only to satisfy council requirements but also to ensure the development will be an asset to the surrounding area, as well as the wider local community.

“Over the next nine months we will be transforming the site to a great-looking store that integrates with its river-side location and will be frequented by thousands of locals every week.”

Gisborne had been without a Mitre 10 since 2009 before the new owners opened a temporary store in Awapuni Road late last year while planning was under way for the new store.

Hardware and DIY retailer Mitre 10 will return to Gisborne after a 10-year absence, bringing 50 new jobs to the city.

It is planned to have the new and larger store opened before the end of the year.

Ground preparation starts on Monday and local contractors Siteworx Civil are to start the main work within the next few weeks.

The store at the river end of Derby Street will cover a total of 5500 sqm in floor area.

Co-owner/operator Geoff Taylor said he was excited to finally get construction under way and to bring such an extensive home improvement offering to Gisborne.

“With such a large footprint we are going to be able to bring the community new product ranges, an extensive garden centre, along with amenities like the Columbus Café and playground for families, as well as a large trade offer with drive-through and 145 car parks.”

There will also be showrooms for kitchens and bathrooms.

“Once complete, we will have a team of around 70 in a mix of full and part-time roles. From our current temporary store (on Awapuni Road), that will mean we will be employing around another 50 locals.

“The Gisborne region continues to see good growth and we believe the region has a very bright future,” said Mr Taylor.

“The feedback we have had to us bringing the Mitre 10 brand back to Gisborne has been very positive and we are looking forward to offering a high-quality shopping experience.”

Gisborne will be the 84th store of Mitre 10’s nationwide co-operative.

It will be owned and operated by Gisborne-based Geoff and Carolyn Taylor and Wellington-based Brendan and Nicole Hall.

Both couples have Gisborne connections. Mr Taylor was involved in the citrus industry here and Mr Hall is a former manager of The Warehouse Gisborne.

Residents near the planned 1.55-hectare site in Derby Street received notification letters advising them that construction of a store at the former gasworks site would start on Monday.

Mitre 10 Holdings bought the former Gisborne gasworks site between Grey Street and Derby Street 10 years ago.

The gasworks operated on the site from 1884 to 1985. The works buildings were cleared from the site in 1986.

Mr Taylor said the history of the site had been “considered carefully” during rigorous discussion with Gisborne District Council and experts.

“Any concerns have been addressed in the comprehensive conditions of the resource consent approved by the council for the development.

“We’ve spent a significant amount of time getting the design right, not only to satisfy council requirements but also to ensure the development will be an asset to the surrounding area, as well as the wider local community.

“Over the next nine months we will be transforming the site to a great-looking store that integrates with its river-side location and will be frequented by thousands of locals every week.”

Gisborne had been without a Mitre 10 since 2009 before the new owners opened a temporary store in Awapuni Road late last year while planning was under way for the new store.

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Danny Greene - 4 days ago
Best news I heard all week . . . goodbye Bunnings

Chris - 4 days ago
I hope integration means no orange stripe facing our awa. That would be visual pollution. The Warehouse grey would blend well.